THIS SUNDAY is the official start of our fall schedule. The Choirs are back at our 10 am service, Sunday School starts, and we have our annual Welcome Sunday Picnic at 11:15 am. Hot dogs and veggie burgers are provided. You bring your best potluck - a side dish, a salad, or a dessert. Most importantly, come be part of the friendship and fellowship. We are glad you are here! Please see the announcements below, especially:
- Sunday School (Christian Formation)
- Rummage Drop-Off Times and Help Needed (Fun and Fundraisers)
- Choirs & Bells (Worship)
Sunday School Starts This Sunday at 10 am – Children in PreK–Grade 1 meet in the Rainbow Room and Grades 2-5 meets in the large classroom, both downstairs in the Church Undercroft. Both classes will join their families in worship at the Peace. Middle Schoolers remain in worship for the whole service today.
Nursery Care for babies through three-year olds is available during the 10 am service downstairs in the Church Undercroft.
Bible Study meets on Wednesdays at 10:15 am in the Rath House. This is a lively, prayerful, and inquisitive group. You and your questions are welcome here. This fall we will be reading through Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians (New Testament). You can bring your own Bible, or use one of ours. Hope to see you there!
Pilgrim: A Course for the Christian Journey meets Monday nights at 7:00 pm in the Rath House, starting on Sept. 18. This is a group for people who want to grow more in Christian faith. There will be four six-week sessions throughout the year, and a short book accompanies each topic. We start the fall with The Creeds. Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex so we can know to expect you and to save you a book. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
Parish Directory We are updating our Directory and will be including PHOTOS. Please send a photo of yourself or your family, and any changes to Susie Harris at her new email: firstname.lastname@example.org. A headshot is best! If you need your photo scanned, drop it off and we will scan and return it!
FUN & FUNDRAISERS
LAST WEEK TO DROP OFF RUMMAGE
- This Sunday 9am-2pm
- Tuesday 2-5pm and 6:30-8pm
- Thursday 6:30-8pm
- Friday 2-5pm
- Sunday, Sept 17- Last day of collection Noon-2pm
- Set up rummage on tables day of the Sale 6-8:30 am – Very Important!
- Clean up after Sale, move and box leftovers – 3-6 pm – Very Important!
- Bake for Bake Sale table
Sponsor-a-Hymn. Dedicate a hymn in honor of a birthday, anniversary, baptismal anniversary, graduation, or other special event. Cost is $35 per Sunday for one hymn, and your dedication will be printed in the bulletin, and the person being remembered will be included in the prayers. All proceeds go to our New Piano for the Choir Room Fund. There is a sign-up poster in the Narthex. Please speak to Director of Music Alison Siener Brown for details. Thanks!
Music Ministry: Choirs & Bells - All Saints’ has choirs for three different age groups. They rehearse on Thursdays:
Adult Choir – 7:30 pm
Junior Choir – 5:30 pm (Grade 2 and older)
Small Saints – 5:15 pm (K & Grade 1)
If you love to sing, we would love to have you in our choir. We also have a Handbell Choir seasonally. Music ministry is a great way to meet others, have fun, learn more about music, and serve God and our parish. Want to know more? Speak to Alison Siener Brown, Director of Music.
Mid–Week Worship – our Thursday, 7:00 am simple service of Eucharist and Healing Prayer in the Church. A light breakfast is available following the service. Come start your day with prayer and fellowship.
Hurricane Harvey - Right now the agencies that are on the front lines of storm and flood
relief in the Houston area need funds more than anything else because they are not able to receive, store, and distribute material donations. Episcopal Relief and Development is a great organization that works with local people on the ground. All monies received go directly to relief efforts; Charity Star Navigator gives ERD a 4-star rating. Here is the link to make an on-line donation: http://www.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-harvey-response
Hurricane Irma - While this storm is ongoing we don’t yet know what will be needed, but ERD will no doubt have a strong response. We’ll keep you up-dated about the best ways to help. In the meantime, your prayers are so important!
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
September 11th Service of Remembrance at the Shrine of St. Joseph in Stirling. We are all invited to this inter-faith service for peace and hope at the 9/11 Memorial Tower, starting at 7:00 pm. Gather with your neighbors to pray for healing, hope, and peace.
Here is the link to this week's The Voice, our diocesan e-letter: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/The-VOICE-Online--Bishop-Beckwith-on--Cruelty-as-policy---Dwelling-in-the-Word-video--Hurricane-Harvey--How-you-can-help.html?soid=1102692382496&aid=hKk0wv_F9nA
9/12 Finance Committee Rath House, 7:30 pm
9/13 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
9/14 Holy Eucharist Church, 7:00 am
- Small Saints Choir Room 5:15 pm
- Junior Choir Choir Room 5:30 pm
- Adult Choir Choir Room 7:30 pm
A Prayer for Schools
O Eternal God, bless all schools, colleges, and universities, that they may be lively centers for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom; and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find you to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ~ BCP
Christian Courage & Compassion
It seems that every day, just now, we have news of another natural disaster – Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, with Jose right behind them; the terrible wildfires in many Western states; flooding in South Asia that has killed more than 1400 people; and an 8.1 earthquake on the western coast of Mexico. All of them bring untold suffering, dislocation, and financial upheaval. We have also seen so many people come forward to offer help and comfort, in ways large and small. That is the way Christians are called to act in this world. Sometimes our response may only be brief; sometimes it is sacrificial. Only God and one’s heart can lead one to the right response. But acting with courage and compassion always involve prayer – even if the prayer alone is the action one can take.
In the Church calendar September 9 is the commemoration of “Constance and her Companions”, Episcopal nuns and those who ministered with them at a time of great suffering in our nation’s history. It seems appropriate that their day falls in the midst of so much difficulty now. A brief history of their ministry is below. I invite you to read it.
Question for reflection: In what way might God be calling you to be courageous and compassionate, according to your abilities?
“In August 1878 Yellow Fever invaded the city of Memphis for the third time in ten years. By the month’s end the disease had become epidemic and a quarantine was ordered. While
30,000 citizens had fled in terror, 20,000 more remained to face the pestilence. As cases multiplied, death tolls averaged 200 daily. When the worst was over ninety percent of the population had contracted the Fever; more than 5,000 people had died.
In that time of panic and flight, many brave men and women, both lay and cleric, remained at their posts of duty or came as volunteers to assist despite the terrible risk. Notable among these heros were Constance, Superior of the work of the Sisters of St. Mary in Memphis, and her Companions. The Sisters had come to Memphis in 1873, at Bishop Quintard’s request, to found a Girls School adjacent to St. Mary’s Cathedral. When the 1878 epidemic began, George C. Harris, the Cathedral Dean, and Sister Constance immediately organized relief work among the stricken. Helping were six of Constance’s fellow Sisters of St. Mary; Sister Clare from St. Margaret’s House, Boston; the Reverend Charles C. Parsons, Rector of Grace and St. Lazarus Church, Memphis; and the Reverend Louis S. Schuyler, assistant at Holy Innocents, Hoboken. The Cathedral group also included three physicians, two of whom were ordained Episcopal priests, the Sisters’ two matrons, and several volunteer nurses from New York. They have ever since been known as “The Martyrs of Memphis,” as have those of other Communions who ministered in Christ’s name during this time of desolation.
The Cathedral buildings were located in the most infected region of Memphis. Here, amid sweltering heat and scenes of indescribable horror, these men and women of God gave relief to the sick, comfort to the dying, and homes to the many orphaned children. Only two of the workers escaped the Fever. Among those who died were Constance, Thecla, Ruth and Frances, the Reverend Charles Parsons and the Reverend Louis Schuyler. The six martyred Sisters and priests are buried at Elmwood Cemetery. The monument marking the joint grave of Fathers Parsons and Schuyler bears the inscription: “Greater Love Hath No Man.” The beautiful High Altar in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Memphis, is a memorial to the four Sisters.” ~ Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints